Monday, February 6, 2017

Grandpa Scientist and El Papá

Hey everyone, here is a post of some independent sci-fi work I was able to paint for the author Gustavo Castro. He was going for black and white style paintings that had the feel of RollingStone magazine.
He has some good short stories he is working on. I don't want to steal his thunder so please check out his work here and here :) And like his FaceBook page!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Robyn Hood: I Love NY 11A

Hey everyone, here is another cover I painted for Zenescope Entertainment! Its for Robyn Hood: I Love NY 11A.
I wanted to push the dynamic view towards the viewer, but I don't think I exaggerated the depth enough. Its kind of a new thing for me to be trying, since I've always tried to push realistic proportions. 
Another obstacle was to paint the character Robyn in camouflage among bushes in Central Park, while still 'popping' her off the cover. My original idea was to have her half hidden in the shadows which unfortunately doesn't make her too visible. But my editor and I worked together instead to easily see her, having the background faded with less contrast. I think it works well.
I almost used colors indicative of autumn like oranges to help her greens pop, but decided it wouldn't match the other covers.
Overall I think it turned out great and I like it!
In stores April 5th, 2017


Monday, October 24, 2016

Doctor Who, the 12th Doctor, issue 3.1

Hey everyone, here is a Peter Capaldi cover I created for Titan comics. It is of course for Doctor Who, the 12th Doctor Adventures, year three.
I could've painted him in his white shirt and burgundy velvet jacket, but I personally feel that the velvet jacket is a homage to the flair of the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. So I chose the black hooded sweatshirt and wool navy jacket we see here. Its definitely Peter defining the new look of the 12th Doctor. Its a bit eclectic, a bit thrown together, as though he were being thrifty. Its a style I wouldn't have thought any Doctor would portray, but it works and I like it!
On sale 15th March, 2017

Josh Burns

Monday, October 10, 2016

Grimm Fairy Tales, issue 1E

Hey everyone, here's another cover I was able to paint for Zenescope Entertainment. They are relaunching their Grimm Fairy Tales comic and asked that I paint Samantha Darren, a witch champion. Here she is in her everyday clothes, a redesign from how she used to look. Although her superhero costume might have been changed up as well. We will see!
In her pose here she is using her magic to get into action. I don't know how magic works, who does right? But I paint magic in a way that draws energy out of everything around it to manifest, disrupting nature and so forth. As Samantha focuses her magics into her hands and fingertips, it is defying gravity a bit lifting her soft blonde hair as well.

Look out for Zenescope Entertainment's relaunch of Grimm Fairy Tales, issue 1E! 
Estimated to be in shops:
Dec 14th, 2016

Josh Burns

Monday, September 26, 2016

Triggerman, issue 3

Hey everyone, here is another cover I painted for Titan comics. This one is for a Hard Case Crime comic called Triggerman, a gritty 1930's gangster story. 
So I have never done a detective crime painting, and I wanted that old detective noir feel for this. Like the stuff on 80's and 90's TV when the investigator had to go on foot into a lot of places to solve his/her case. I like my layout and colors that create the overall mood in this scene. And I thought the cast shadows and gritty feel were needed to push the drama as well. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

The story here is the man with the gun, Roy, goes to the Siesta Motor Court to find his girlfriend, Lena, only to find Lena's room mate, another beautiful girl, in the bathtub; and they exchange words. She isn't too happy to be caught in this vulnerable state.

Josh Burns
editor: Tom Williams (thanks, Tom!)

Doctor Who, the 10th Doctor issue 3.1

Hey everyone, here is another cover I created for Titan comics. Its for Doctor Who, the 10th Doctor Adventures, year three.
It has been nice to able to create covers for the Doctor Who comic series. The TV series I have known and enjoyed since I was a kid, so this is truly an honor to be able to be a part of this. 
Its always fun to create a cover for the doctor. I have been trying to show his eminence on each cover. I try to avoid action poses for #1 covers since I have always thought #2 and on represent that. So here is David Tennant, suit and tie, with trench coat. I really wanted to have his sneakers included in the painting, but I just couldn't really work out an idea for that. 

Anyway I hope everyone likes the painting.
The above image is what I submitted, and the lower image is edited by Titan for publication.

Josh Burns
editor: Andrew James (thanks, Andrew!)

The Chimera Brigade issue 2

Hey everyone, here's another cover I created for Titan Comics. This one is for The Chimera Brigade, issue 2. The character is an evil scientist named Eisenstein. From what I learned he is 1/4 Hitler. So what I tried to create was a sense of evil, casting half his face in shadows to help showcase his glowing eyes when he uses his psychic powers. I kept the background simple. Since I didn't really have the time to get too in depth there, I used imagery from black contrails of WWII fighter airplanes. I think over all it turned out well at this stage. 

Titan did request changes to move the character down so the title wouldn't cover too much of him. Also they requested that his eye to have more of a lightning feel so that it didn't look too cybernetic/robotic. Personally I feel it hurt the evil feeling of the villain, but it was requested.

Also since it was Work-For-Hire the art is pretty much able to be changed by the publisher to meet their needs. So that being said, the final cover isn't really my art anymore. Another person did some editing adding all of words and flames :( 

Josh Burns